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9 Real Things No One Tells You About Having A C-Section

Kate Auletta | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Kate Auletta

In an attempt to be the Friend Who Gives You Unsolicited But Useful Advice, here are some things you need to know if you have a C-section, courtesy of yours truly.

Making the New Baby/Older Sibling Meeting Special

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

When my toddler came to the hospital to visit me and meet his new brother, it was strangely awkward at first. I know it sounds weird, but it felt like we were ex-lovers who had each gone through some rather huge milestone life changes and had to kind of re-navigate our relationship

Can Art Bring Our Memories Alive

LuxEco Living | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
LuxEco Living

I hold enormous amounts of pride in my family's history. The stories begin with my grandfather Misha's survival and his courageous acts of rescue during World War II, which allowed multiple families to continue their lineage.

To Expectant Mom From New Mom, With Love

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

Pregnancy can be an isolating experience, if only because it's your own. No one can know how you feel, because they aren't you. And you have no idea how to feel, because it's not something you've ever done before. Every day, every feeling, is new.

10 Ways C-Sections And Vaginal Births Are Exactly The Same

Kim Simon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Kim Simon

No one should co-opt your C-section story for their birth agenda. Just like shaming women about how they breastfeed or formula-feed is anti-feminist, so is shaming them and questioning them about how they birth.

Men and Women: Their Changing Roles

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

Recent years show the line between male and female roles is becoming blurred. Men are taking a more active part in homemaking and child rearing, and women are thriving in the business world.

4 Life Lessons I Learned Through Childbirth

Sara Goldstein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

My babies are obviously the most beautiful and tangible products of these hours of my life. But the life lessons that came from them are as important to who I am today as my children themselves.

So You Want a Natural Birth

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

The important thing here is to know that you need to collaborate with your provider. You need to know what you want and under what circumstances you can safely achieve those goals.

What Giving Birth Looks Like Around The World

www.slate.com | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact

Alice Proujansky said she felt prepared before giving birth to her son in 2012. By then, she had already photographed nearly 15 births in the United S...

Nepali Mothers Suffer From Fallen Wombs

Magally Zelaya | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Magally Zelaya

Kalasi Devi, 28, is a mother of three whose uterus has been protruding from her body for more than a decade. "During my pregnancy I did a lot of heavy work, like carrying water and wood," she says. "I started working again 10 days after giving birth."

Share Your Birth Story

MotherWoman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Avital Norman Nathman My book, The Good Mother Myth, came out earlier this year. It's a collection of essays from a variety of women, all helping ...

What I Didn't Expect While Expecting

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Stephanie R. Caudle

I read countless books on what to expect while expecting and each week I sat back and monitored my body to see if indeed all these things were happening to me. Some things happened and some things didn't and I simply figured that it was because not all pregnancies are the same.

How My Unborn Son Saved His Mother's Life

Oral Fixation | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Oral Fixation

In the delivery room, I was dressed in my scrubs just like in the movies. My seat was next to my love, who was on the operating table, arms stretched out. There was a screen cloth right above her sternum obscuring her nether region. Her face was glowing in the halo of the operating lights.

Surrogacy Between Close Friends: Think Twice

Suzette Standring | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Suzette Standring

Laurie Miller offers a cautionary tale about gestational surrogacy between close friends. Expectations and disappointment ended their friendship, and the two women never saw it coming.

Social Surrogacy: A Scary Trend in Pregnancy

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

You don't need to give birth to a child to be a wonderful mother -- in fact, those women who can't have a baby the way I did are heroic in their endeavors to either find other ways to make a baby or adopt a child instead. But to choose not to be pregnant and have someone else carry your child for the sake of vanity or convenience is a shame.

5 Mistakes Expecting Mothers Should Avoid

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Having a baby is often one of the most pivotal developments in a woman's life. While the news may give you reason to celebrate, finding out that you are pregnant also means it's time to start thinking about the cost of maternity care -- and avoiding these mistakes that could land you with massive bills.

8 Things Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton Should Know About Paternity Leave

Kim Simon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Would you expect baseball players to play well without a coach? Without fans? Then why would you ask Mrs. Murphy to play the biggest game of her career by herself?

How Should You Choose Between a Hospital and a Home Birth?

Napala Pratini | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Parents-to-be will spend countless hours researching doctors and baby names and planning appointments and baby showers -- but what is the right choice when it comes to a home birth versus a hospital delivery?

A Sexual Assault Survivor's Reflections on Birth

Sarah Beaulieu | Posted 04.26.2014 | Parents
Sarah Beaulieu

Before I got pregnant, it never occurred to me that labor and childbirth could re-trigger sexual trauma for me in such significant ways.

What I Wish I Could Tell The Woman Who Shared My Maternity Room

Nicole Sprinkle | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Nicole Sprinkle

"When I sing 'Rockabye Baby' to Nina, I still hear your voice quivering in the dark and I remember those handful of nights when all there was was a room with a curtain -- and someone on the other side who felt as vulnerable and scared as I did."

Natural Childbirth: Not for the Faint of Heart

Kate Ryan Williams | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Kate Ryan Williams

The only thing that brought me comfort was this thought: "I never have to do this again." I chanted this mantra to my husband. Announced it to the nurses who breezed in and out. And whispered it to the doctor. "I never have to do this again."

50 First-Time Experiences (Besides Sex) That We'll Never Forget

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.11.2013 | Fifty

There is nothing like your first time. We know what you're thinking, but life offers up any number of memorable "first times." The first time you p...

Four Words That Will Get Me Through Childbirth

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

I really want to focus on the baby. But birth is so damn distracting. It's just looming there, at the end of pregnancy, like this massive Mount Doom with Sauron's fiery eye flicking vigilantly back and forth above. I am definitely Frodo in my birth story, with the wide, terrified eyes.

Expecting a Good (Cesarean) Birth

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA

It's time for us to dispense with the battle lines that have marked conversations about birth for decades -- and that have led us to neglect the important task of finding and facilitating the good in cesareans and other births where technology is desired or needed.

Catherine Pearson

The Amazing People Who Are Changing How Low-Income Moms Give Birth

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.12.2013 | Parents

What Shakima Woolward, 35, wanted most with her third baby was a natural birth. Her first two children were born via cesarean section for reasons,...